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The decline of print fashion magazines over the last few years – combined with the increasing popularity of social media networks in Japan, independent online shops, the increasing influence of international fast fashion brands, and other “uncontrollable” influences on the Japanese fashion scene – has led to a less predictable (but just as quickly moving) stream of trends. With all of these forces pushing and pulling in different directions, it’s become more difficult for super-trends to emerge. The number of niche/smaller trends, however, appears to be ever increasin.

The warm weather, numerous festivals and events, and Japanese school holidays make summer the peak season for Tokyo street fashion trends. There are still quite a few warm days left here, but as autumn approaches let’s take a look back at the Top Japanese Street Fashion Trends of Summer 2014.

Coordination between Japanese fashion magazines and Japanese retailers used to mean that trends were relatively easy to predict and track.

That might sound obvious, but we see plenty of articles (especially on Western blogs) trying to predict or declare Japanese fashion trends based on what they see in Japanese fashion magazines (not to mention those that just make things up). Japanese fashion magazines are, for the most part, in the business of creating content to drive the sale of certain products. The fact that a Japanese magazine – or multiple magazines – is promoting a “trend” doesn’t necessarily mean that the trend will ever make it to the street. As mentioned previous, the Japanese street is more than willing to reject top-down fashion “trends” these days.

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